Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction is a common trigger for pelvic pain and symptoms often mistakenly associated with the bladder. Yes, pelvic tension can trigger urinary frequency, urgency, pressure and/or pain. Why? Because the pelvic floor muscles directly influence bladder health and vice versa. If your muscles are tight, blood flow may be diminished to the bladder and nerves may be compromised. Got sciatica? Sharp pain that pulses down your leg? That is the perfect example of tight pelvic floor muscles that are squeezing and/or pressing on a nerve.

Here are several products that we believe will help you as you seek to reduce your pain and restore muscle health.  

Recommended Reading

#1 - You MUST start with your own education. The pelvic cavity contains many different structures: muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. Before your first physical therapy appointment, you should familiarize yourself with these structures and where they are located. Then, during your first pelvic floor appointment, you will have a much clearer idea of what the physical therapist is touching and what they are working on. 


Breaking Through Chronic Pelvic Pain The IC SolutionEnding Female Pelvic PainEnding Male Pelvic PainHeal Pelvic Pain

CD's & DVD's

#2 - There are several DVD's that will guide you through various stretches and positions which may help reduce muscle tension, improve muscle strength and reduce pain and discomfort. These are NOT a substitute for a proper pelvic floor evaluation by a licensed physical therapist. It is vital that you work with a professional atleast once to identify any dysfunctional muscles. 

Healing Pelvic & Abdominal PainHealing the Pain "Down There"New Dawn Pilates For Pelvic PainYour Pace Yoga: Relieving Pelvic Pain


Glass Wands

#3 - Many patients receive instruction on internal pelvic floor massage through the use of a glass wind. 



Heat and Cold Therapy

#4 - Heat and/or cold therapy can be vital during flares. For some patients, heat feels the most comfortable because it can help to relax muscles. But, for others, an ice pack feels the most comfortable. 

 
Pain Relief

#5 - Muscles may respond to typical OTC analgesics, such as Advil or Tylenol. That said, some OTC supplements and/or topical products may also help reduce pain and discomfort. The book, When It Hurts Down There, provides many fabulous suggestions for reducing pelvic pain. 

 

Chair Cushions

#6 - If sitting is difficult, you may find one of our chair cushions helpful. The waffle cushion is ideal for general pelvic and muscle pain, particularly pain in the glute muscles. The Bladder & Prostate Friendly Chair Cushion is idea for pain in the crotch area. The CAPPS cushions are the rolls royce of pelvic cushions, with higher quality fabric and memory foam. These have helped thousands of patients sit more comfortably for years! 


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